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Shahram Khosravi disputerade 2003 på avhandlingen "The Third Generation: The Islamic Order of Things and Cultural Defiance among the Young of Tehran". Socialantropologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet.

After Deportation (2017-2019)

This is a study of post-deportation outcomes. It focuses on what happens to asylum seekers after deportation from Sweden and their experiences. Although there is a growing literature on detention and deportation, academic research on post-deportation is scarce. My previous research on irregular migration and undocumentedness in Sweden has brought out the significance of analysing what happens after deportation (Khosravi 2009, 2016). Building on these findings, the current project will produce knowledge about the consequences of forced removal for the deportee’s adjustment in the home country. Theoretically, I will focus on the concept of ‘embeddedness’ (Ruben et al. 2009) to capture the multidimensional aspects of the condition of post-deportation, rather than the concept of reintegration. Empirically, the project pay attention to Afghan deportees from Sweden. Theoretically, based on previous research which shows that deportation is not the end of the migration cycle but rather just a phase of recirculation, this project aims to show how post-deportation studies can contribute to migration studies.

Waiting (2017-2019)

This is a study of undocumented migrants waiting for residence permits in Sweden. It focuses on their experiences of time and how their ‘irregular’ status is articulated while waiting. Migration is generally perceived and studied as a spatial process and the temporal aspect of migration has received much less attention. The everyday life of an undocumented migrant is characterized by waiting, either for papers or for deportation. Long-term confinement in detention centres awaiting deportation is also part of the experience of waiting. Empirically, the project focuses on undocumented migrants’ act of waiting in Stockholm.

Utvalda publikationer





  • Translation of "Illegal" Traveller. An Auto-ethnography of Borders into Finnish: “Laiton” matkaaja: Paperittomuus ja rajojen valta, by GAUDEAMUS Helsinki University Press 2013.
  • Is a world without borders utopian? in Tensta Reader #1, The Silent University.
  • The Persian Escort (a short story), in Collective Exile, a  Literary Magazine.
  • Graffiti in Tehran. Anthropology Now. Vol.5, no.1, April 2013.




  • The ‘Illegal’ Traveler: an auto-ethnography of borders, Palgrave
  • An Ethnography of Migrant ‘Illegality’ in Sweden: Included yet Excepted? Journal of International Political Theory, 6(1): 95-116
  • Medförfattare till Papperslös i Social rapport 2010, Stockholm: Socialstyrelsen. Sidor: 266-292


  • Gender and Ethnicity among Iranian Men in Sweden, Journal of Iranian Studies, vol 42(4).
  • Detention and Deportation of Asylum Seekers in Sweden, Race and Class, vol 50 (4)


  • På undantag i folkhemmet: irreguljära immigranter i Sverige, Ojämlikhet och utanforskap, Socialförsäkringsrapport 2008:4.


  • Young and Defiant in Tehran, University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • The ‘Illegal’ Traveler: an auto-ethnography of borders, Social Anthropology, vol. 15, No 3


  • Manlighet i exil: genus och etnicitet bland iranska men i Sverige, i Lena Gerholm och Simon Ekström (red.) Orienten i Sverige: samtida möten och gränssnitt, Lund: Studentlitteratur.
  • Territorialiserad mänsklighet: irreguljära immigranter och det nakna livet, i Paulina de los Reyes (red.) Välfärdens gränser: ett villkorat medborgarskap i diskrimineringens skugga (SOU).


  • ‘Farhang-e Mosafer’ (Travelling Culture), i Examples of Cultural Exchange between Iran and Other Civilizations: Anthropology Articles, Tehran: Saless Publishing House (på persiska).
  • ‘Diaspora-ye irani’ (Iranian Diaspora) i Soheila Shahshani (ed.) Anthropology, Tehran: Agah Publishers (på persiska).


  • The Third Generation: The Islamic Order of Things and Cultural Defiance among the Young of Tehran, Stockholm: Department of Social Anthropology


  • ‘Reordering Public and Private in Iranian Cyberspace: Identity, Politics and Mobilization’ (med Mark Graham), Identities, vol. 9, No.2.


  • ’Klass och Status bland iranska företagare’. I Marginalisering eller Integration: invandrarföretagande i svensk retorik och praktik. Stockholm: Nutek.


  • ‘Interview with Ulf Hannerz’, Anthropology, No.1 (på persiska).
  • ‘ an Ethnographic Approach to An Online Diaspora’. ISIM Newsletter, No. 6.


  • ‘Displacement and Entrepreneurship: Iranian small businesses in Stockholm’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol.25, No.3.


  • ‘Home is Where You Make It: Repatriation and Diaspora Culture among Iranians in Sweden’ (med Mark Graham). Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 10, No.2.


  • 'Can a Khan be an Anthropologist?’ Antropologiska Studier, Nr. 54-55.